Case-based learning (CBL) also known as “case study teaching” or “case method learning”, it is one of the teaching methods, a form of inquiry-based learning, which may be defined in a variety of ways depending on the context. Actually, as noted by Thistlethwaite et al. 2012, there is no international consensus over this definition. Nevertheless, overall, CBL involves students in a group interacting with each other in discussion on real-life examples to build knowledge and go through the case by analyzing given information (while the teacher plays only a role of facilitator and makes sure that the students keep on track). CBL is often contrasted to problem-based learning, and is positioned somewhere between structured and guided learning. The main principles of CBL are: making a connection between theory and practice, as well as developing clinical reasoning in health professions curricula.
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